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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 13, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Music Professors to Perform Recital

Angelo State University music professors Dr. John Irish and Dr. Eleanor Elkins will perform a faculty recital along with a guest vocalist on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Eldon Black Recital Hall inside the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

The 7:30 p.m. recital is open free to the public and will feature Elkins, on piano, and Irish on the trumpet. They will be joined by vocalist Kathleen Shimeta, a mezzo-soprano from New York.

Selections for the recital will come from American composers, either native-born or active in weaving the fabric of American music. Included are works from Leonard Bernstein, Kent Kennan, Richard Hundley, Jean Berger, Gena Branscombe and Henry Purcell.

Irish and Elkins will perform three short pieces by Bernstein and present the powerful “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Kennan. Shimeta will perform “Four Songs” by Berger, a German immigrant, who arranged music for CBS and NBC before changing to a career teaching composition. Shimeta also will perform five songs from Branscombe.

The recital will open with two pieces by Purcell, an English Baroque composer. Joining the three artists on Purcell’s “Ode on St. Cecelia’s Day” will be music faculty members from Oklahoma State University and Dr. Daniel McCloud, ASU assistant professor of music, on timpani.

Elkins is in her third year of teaching at ASU and is an active recitalist in addition to her duties with the piano studio. Irish has also been active in the musical life of ASU and San Angelo holding the principal trumpet chair of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and as a founding member of the jazz combo, Jazz Concho.

For more information, call the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2085 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/artmusic/musichome.html.